I know what you're thinking: "It's not even Halloween yet! Why am I seeing articles about holiday shopping?!"
Well, listen here: There's a method to our madness. The best way to save money on gifts while also being thoughtful is to start your holiday shopping early. If you plan your gifts ahead of time, you'll be ready to go when Black Friday hits (hello, sales!), and won't experience the unique misery of scrambling around to buy presents during finals.
So we're starting our holiday gift guide early this year. Over the next few months, we'll be suggesting thoughtful and unique gifts for everyone on your list.
Today, we're kicking things off with holiday gift ideas for parents -- always a tricky one! Here are our fave affordable gifts for your mom and dad.
Holiday Gift Ideas for Mom
Whether your mom is a tech savvy lady or aligned with mother nature, we've got our best picks to fit the likes of many personalities.
1. Bedside Smartphone Vase
Product: Bedside Smartphone Vase - Uncommon Goods
With everything being online these days, mom is most likely staying up-to-date by using her smartphone. This smartphone vase will work as a beautiful space for flowers while also serving as a charging dock.
2. Hidden Animal Mugs
Product: Hidden Animal Coffee Mugs - Uncommon Goods
These cute coffee cups are perfect for mom's morning coffee or tea. The perfect choice to be sure mom has a smile on her face to start the day.
3. Organic Herb Mason Jar Garden
Product: Organic Herb Mason Jar Garden Kit - World Market
For the moms with a green thumb. This convenient kit will get her started on growing a mini garden in her own kitchen!
4. UV Smartphone Sanitizer
Product: UV Smartphone Sanitizer - Uncommon Goods
Not to gross you guys out, but it's a fact: Smartphones are incredibly dirty. But not to worry: This handy gadget will blast away those germs for mom! (And you can always borrow it when you come home.)
5. Copper Finish Measuring Spoons with Faux Marble Handles
Product: Copper & Faux Marble Measuring Spoons - Macy's
Mom's going to love these new measuring spoons and I bet she doesn't have any like these in her kitchen! The copper and marble-like look is sure to wow her!
Holiday Gift Ideas for Dad
Sometimes shopping for dad can be rather difficult, however, we've composed a list of gifts whether your dad is rugged or relaxed.
1. Heat Shield Grill Set
Product: 4 Piece Grill Set - Target
The ideal gift for dads who are grill masters. Your dad may already have a grill set but how long has it been since he's replaced it? Plus, this awesome set has heat shield properties to protect him while he's grilling!
2. Victrola 6-in-1 Record Player
Product: Victrola 6-in-1 Record Player - Bed Bath & Beyond
Let dad reminisce about the good 'ol days with this nostalgic record player! It's also bluetooth-friendly and can play CDs, FM radio, and cassettes!
3. Burt's Bees Mens Gift Set
Product: Burt's Bees Body and Skin Care Set for Men - Amazon
Who said dad didn't like to be pampered as well? Well this Burt's Bees Body Care set is made from natural ingredients while still boasting a masculine fragrance. Go for it!
4. Beard Brush & Comb Set
Product: Beard Brush & Comb Kit - Amazon
Beards have been a trending thing lately yet I'm sure dad has rocked his beard for years (if he has one)! Help him take care of his with this bamboo beard kit that also adds shine and softness.
5. Adidas Duffel Bag
Product: Adidas Duffel Bag - Amazon
You can never go wrong with a new duffel bag. Whether dad is taking a casual trip or needs a new gym bag, he'll be sure to make use of this!
Do you plan to buy your parents gifts from this list? What gifts did we miss that aren't on the list?
Tell us about your holiday gift ideas for your parents in the comments box below!